A career in Aviation And Airport Management


BA (Hons) Top-up

Accredited by the University of Warwick


BA (Hons)


1 year FT




September, February


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Airlines welcomed almost 7 billion passengers worldwide in 2022, while global cities, ‘mega-regions’ and emerging destinations have experienced phenomenal growth in aviation development. Devised in response to these trends, our Aviation and Airport Management top-up degree will build on your existing industry knowledge and help get your career flying in this dynamic sector.

Designed for those who have previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), This top-up course will enhance your understanding of global aviation and the industry’s contribution to national economies. Studying at a recognised Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Centre of Excellence, you’ll also have access to University College Birmingham’s stunning Aviation and Tourism Suite, offering state-of-the-art simulation facilities including a mock plane cabin.

Our course gives you the chance to travel overseas and undertake a project examining the impact of aviation connectivity. With nearby Birmingham Airport’s £500 million expansion plan to become the ‘Midlands Gateway to the World’, there is also a wealth of practical opportunities right on your doorstep.

Why should I choose this course?

  • RESIDENTIAL VISIT – Gain unique industry insight by undertaking an overseas project, with essential trip costs covered by the University* – past destinations have included Dubai and Istanbul (* subject to visa requirements)
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your theory into practice working on real aviation projects and studying in our cutting-edge Aviation and Tourism Suite
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – Develop specialist knowledge of an area of the aviation industry that interests you for your final research project
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – Study at an ITT Centre of Excellence, with enrichment opportunities available including tourism and travel industry events on campus
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Students on our aviation courses at University College Birmingham have access to outstanding simulation facilities in our Aviation and Tourism Suite. You will also have the chance to study in our Digital Creative Studio, where you can learn an array of skills for producing digital content including video and audio.

Aviation and Tourism Suite

Take a look around our Aviation and Tourism Suite, featuring exciting simulation facilities for students on our aviation, travel and tourism courses.

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Course breakdown

  • Modules

Core Modules

Global Air Transport Management

This module will critique the global air transport sector within its dynamic and turbulent setting. Contemporary global challenges and opportunities will be explored relating to governance, trade agreements, the movement of goods and people, digitisation of practices and aviation s environmental responsibilities. Best Practice Analysis will be utilised to inform the most appropriate response to identified challenges facing the global air transport sector, which will support the development of critical professional skills.

Independent Research Project

This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in researching, planning and delivering an industry-related project. Students can either self-select their own topic or choose from a list of contemporary industry projects. This project focuses on cultivating the desired graduate attributes of professionalism, critical enquiry, problem-solving, enterprise, creativity and innovation and in enhancing students' professional profile.

Strategic Change Management

In an increasingly fast-paced and changing global environment, it is more important than ever that a business can navigate its way to a successful future. This module will evaluate different strategic change management tools in supporting businesses to seize new opportunities and treat risks/threats.

Plus one option from:

Crisis Communications Management

In an increasingly turbulent and dynamic global environment, it is more important than ever that a business or destination can manage their reputation effectively. This module will examine a range of key public relations and reputation management principles and provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan a successful communication campaign (media and public relations) in response to a crisis. Using an omnichannel approach, students will explore the challenges and opportunities that different media channels bring. This will further increase students employability by providing them with experience of the working practices of corporate press agencies or departments.

Managing Human and Anthropometric Factors in Aviation

This module will guide students through the application of human factors; examining both airline accidents and human reactions that have prevented disasters. The module will further explore how human factors and anthropometrics in flight deck and cabin design have influenced and moulded modern air safety, giving students the professional knowledge and skills to conduct aviation operations within an efficient and safe environment.

Smart Tourism and Aviation

This module will explore the increasingly smart approaches taken by destinations and tourism/aviation providers within an increasingly connective and smart world. Challenges and opportunities will be explored across the industries. This module will enhance students employability skills and knowledge within a more digital and smarter industry environment.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Aviation Operations, Air Transport Management or Air Transport Operations and Tourism, with 240 credits.

International students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or complete our enquiry form:

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Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. 


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours): 

  • Large group teaching– 4 hours 
  • Smaller group teaching– 5 hours 
  • Tutorials– 3 hours 
  • Industry speaker sessionsand employer fairs
  • Field trips and visits

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. 


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework– 33%
  • Practical assessment– 67%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2023/24 and 2024/25).

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year. The course fee for academic year 2024/2025 is £14,000 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Kick-Start Scheme

As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.


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Work experience

Work experience is vital for learning how to apply your training in the real world and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and it may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired can help you find suitable work experience.

We encourage students on our BA Aviation and Airport Management top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.

The best part about this course is going abroad and travelling around the UK to see airports and compile reports on them instead of having to search online and read about them. We were able to view them first-hand and do the primary research we needed for the course

Oprah Mushonga Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons)

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Passenger transport manager

Average Salary: £30,000

Sustainability manager

Average Salary: £42,367

Business development manager

Average Salary: £42,500

Transport planner

Average Salary: £32,500

Regional sales manager

Average Salary: £39,716

Airport operations manager

Average Salary: £35,461

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BA (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Aviation Management MSc/PGDip or International Tourism Management MSc/PGDip.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 

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